Benefits of Home Health Care6 min read
Home health care is a great option for families to provide care for their aging loved ones. It can be a lot to juggle work, children, home life, and finding the right care for the seniors in your lives. There are lots benefits to using home health care instead of moving your loved ones into an independent or assisted living facility. Below are a just a few of the many benefits received by individuals who use home care services like Optimal!
Less Financial Stress
One of the biggest benefits of home health care is the financial aspect of it all. According to the Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care, “home health care is the most cost-effective healthcare delivery offered as there are no room and board costs compared to nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and other institutional care settings.” Not having to pay for room and board helps cut the costs of care drastically for in-home patients.
Since you are hiring someone to come into your home and care for your loved ones, you can expect to get more one-on-one care than you would in a facility. The main job of the nurse or aide coming into your loved one’s home is to care for them effectively. You can expect that their full attention will be on your family and helping out your loved ones since they are the sole focus for the caregiver instead of being one of many!
Having home health care for your loved one makes it easier for the whole family to continue to be actively involved in their life. With home health care, family members are still able and encouraged to help out around the house, aid in caretaking, and spend quality time with their loved one. Having a home health care aide or nurse around ensures families can continue their daily routine while allowing their loved ones to remain living at home without the added stress of worrying about their well-being. However, family members keeping the ability to provide emotional support for their family member at all times is also a major benefit of home health care.
Independence and Comfort
Remaining at home allows your loved ones to remain independent and to not feel restricted. They have the comfort of staying in their own homes while also receiving the care that they need. According to the AARP, “Approximately 90 percent of seniors intend to continue living in their current homes for the next five to 10 years.” Since many seniors want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible, home health care is the best option to allow them to do this as it gives them the most independence and allows them to stay in a familiar, comfortable environment. Uprooting perfectly capable seniors who only need care once or a few times per week and moving them to an expensive facility is unnecessary with in-home care.
Peace of Mind
You can relax knowing that your loved one is in a safe, familiar environment since they are able to remain in their own space with home health care. According to “Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses,” “The goal of care provided in the home is to restore or maintain patient physical and mental functioning and quality of life, or to slow the rate of decline to allow the patient to remain at home and avoid institutionalization.” This is the easiest to do at home where family and friends can still be with their loved ones often, giving seniors the opportunity to receive the care they need in a comfortable, familiar environment.
What other benefits of home health care can you think of? Let us know! For more information about how Optimal Home Care can ease your senior care stresses, call our offices today!